My children have been living away from home for years, and my grandchildren come for sporadic visits (only 1 or 2 at a time without their parents). We have four in one family (ages almost 12,twins aged 9 1/2 and 6) and two in another. I forgot how exhausting the day to day care of kids can be. My hat is off to all you young mothers (particularly single moms or those whose husbands travel a lot). Today, as never before, I have been aware of the truth of the old saying about God being smart to give children to the young. We oldies haven't quite enough energy to keep up with them for 48 hours! And yes, I know about the woman who gave birth at age 62 and I am still wondering why on earth she wanted to.
I knew they would be here for a while without their parents, but I thought it would be for 3-4 hours. Their aunt has been keeping them all week, while their mom and step-dad have been in the Bahamas. They were supposed to return last night, but their plane had mechanical trouble and by the time they reached Ft. Lauderdale, they had missed their connector flight. The earliest they could get home was around dinner time tonight. So, since the aunt had to go back to where she lives and works.....I had the four of them since noon yesterday. I love them to pieces, of course, as grandmas do......but I was glad to see them getting into the homeward bound car this evening. I am pretty sure that mr. kenju felt the same. Of course, later this evening, we will talk about how sweet they are and how much we love them.
Just cooking for them has been a chore. I remember how time-consuming it was to cook for growing boys and girls, but back then it didn't cost as much...LOL. We had chicken and dumplings with carrots and green beans for dinner last night, with fresh sliced strawberries over praline ice cream for dessert. This morning, I scrambled 13 eggs, microwaved 1/2 a pound of bacon, toasted 10 slices of bread. At lunch, they had grilled cheese sandwiches, salad with grape tomatoes and more strawberries and ice cream. For dinner tonight, we had hamburgers, baked beans, mac and cheese and more ice cream - butter pecan this time. I've gone through a gallon of milk, a half gallon of orange juice and a 2 liter bottle of caffeine-free, diet soda. Oh, and I forgot the bananas. I guess it's back to the grocery for me. Two of them will be here again next weekend for the St. Patrick's Day parade.....LOL
Before you ask, I am not allowed to post photos of my grandkids on the web now, otherwise, I would probably bore you to death wtih their photos, seeing as how they are so beautiful and handsome and smart and poised and talented and well.........I'm just sayin'.....
Remember the loveseat I posted a photo of last week? It just sold on Ebay for more than a local re-sale shop said they could get for it. Hurrah!